Politics Section

Quiet Skies Coalition will ask City Council to release funds at Monday’s meeting

Quiet Skies Coalition will ask City Council to release funds at Monday’s meeting

Our friends at the Quiet Skies Coalition – a grassroots organization to challenge the new airplane flight-patterns from Sea-Tac Airport over Burien – released their latest newsletter on Saturday, Dec.... [Read more]

Burien Council may vote on ‘Sanctuary City’ status, CARES Monday night

Burien Council may vote on ‘Sanctuary City’ status, CARES Monday night

The Burien City Council may vote on whether to declare Burien a ‘sanctuary city’, as well as whether to extend the contract with CARES Animal Control or revert to King County at its upcoming... [Read more]

JACK MAYNE EDITORIAL: ‘Sanctuary City’ label will change absolutely nothing

JACK MAYNE EDITORIAL: ‘Sanctuary City’ label will change absolutely nothing

Commentary by Senior Writer Jack Mayne (click “Play” button to hear audio version:) http://b-townblog.com/wp-content/images/Editorial%2012.9.16.mp3 The proposal to make Burien a so-called ‘sanctuary... [Read more]

PODCAST: Woman killed by DUI driver; Jack Mayne on sanctuary cities & more…

PODCAST: Woman killed by DUI driver; Jack Mayne on sanctuary cities & more…

Here’s episode #78 of our SoKing News Podcast Weekly Recap, which is sponsored by a generous grant from J-Lab’s Encore Media Entrepreneurs program, supported with funding from the Ethics... [Read more]

B-TOWN BIZ: VIP Hookah Lounge has been closed; called ‘chronic nuisance’

B-TOWN BIZ: VIP Hookah Lounge has been closed; called ‘chronic nuisance’

The City of Burien recently sought and received a temporary restraining order to close down the VIP Hookah Lounge, located at 153 SW 153rd Street. On Thursday morning (Dec. 8), a judge granted a preliminary... [Read more]

Burien City Council debates ‘sanctuary city’ idea; plus – take our Poll

Burien City Council debates ‘sanctuary city’ idea; plus – take our Poll

By Jack Mayne For a majority of its three and one-half hour meeting on Monday night (Dec. 5), the Burien City Council heard residents comment on a proposal by three Councilmembers to declare it a ‘sanctuary... [Read more]

PODCAST: Armed man causes lockdowns; purse snatcher; Jack Mayne & more

PODCAST: Armed man causes lockdowns; purse snatcher; Jack Mayne & more

Here’s episode #77 of our SoKing News Podcast Weekly Recap, which is sponsored by a generous grant from J-Lab’s Encore Media Entrepreneurs program, supported with funding from the Ethics... [Read more]

Highline Public Schools announces support for Refugee & Immigrant Communities

Highline Public Schools announces support for Refugee & Immigrant Communities

In response to emerging reports of hate speech and violence directed at refugee and immigrant communities, Highline Public Schools announced Friday (Dec. 2) that it is joining over 50 local organizations... [Read more]

Help King County Library System ‘Shape Its Future’ at Saturday meeting

Help King County Library System ‘Shape Its Future’ at Saturday meeting

The King County Library System is seeking the public’s input to help shape its future at a Strategic Planning: Community Conversation this Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016, from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.... [Read more]

Highline Public Schools Students thank community for overwhelming ‘Yes’ vote

Highline Public Schools Students thank community for overwhelming ‘Yes’ vote

Highline Public Schools students have a lot to be thankful for this year – thanks to the community, the school construction bond passed, with a ‘Yes’ vote of nearly 67 percent. “We... [Read more]

Port of Seattle revises Flight Safety Tree Removal and Replanting Plan Tuesday

Port of Seattle revises Flight Safety Tree Removal and Replanting Plan Tuesday

On Tuesday (Nov. 22), Port of Seattle Commissioners addressed community concerns by revising a safety program that cuts down trees in the Sea-Tac Airport flight corridor and replaces them with native,... [Read more]

Warning of more traffic, noise at airport spurs Council to form special committee

Warning of more traffic, noise at airport spurs Council to form special committee

Larry Cripe By Jack Mayne After Quiet Skies Coalition leader Larry Cripe suggested that if Burien doesn’t get involved, “there will be a fourth, a fifth and a sixth” runway at Sea-Tac International... [Read more]

Burien’s ballot box ranked #7 in number of returns in all of King County

Burien’s ballot box ranked #7 in number of returns in all of King County

A lot of people are lamenting about low voter turnout in the Nov. 8 election, but residents of Burien should be proud – our ballot box, located near City Hall on SW 152nd Street ranked number seven... [Read more]

JACK MAYNE EDITORIAL: Local cities need to add more cops

JACK MAYNE EDITORIAL: Local cities need to add more cops

Commentary by Senior Writer Jack Mayne (click “Play” button to hear audio version:) http://www.b-townblog.com/wp-content/images/JackMayneEditorial-111816.mp3 With the biennial budgets of the cities... [Read more]

Port of Seattle releases letter regarding Flight Corridor Safety Program

Port of Seattle releases letter regarding Flight Corridor Safety Program

The Port of Seattle on Friday (Nov. 18) released a letter to the community, regarding its proposed Flight Corridor Safety Program, which is intended to remove thousands of trees at and around Sea-Tac... [Read more]

Highline School Board to hold public hearings on Tyee and Evergreen Schools

Highline School Board to hold public hearings on Tyee and Evergreen Schools

The Highline School Board will be holding public hearings on Nov. 29 and Dec. 1, as part of the process of reunifying Evergreen High School and Tyee High School. To facilitate reunification, the school... [Read more]

JACK MAYNE: Interim City Managers are proving they can actually get things done

JACK MAYNE: Interim City Managers are proving they can actually get things done

Commentary by Senior Writer Jack Mayne (click “Play” button to hear audio version:) http://www.b-townblog.com/wp-content/images/JackMayneInterimCM.mp3 The terms interim or acting city manager have... [Read more]

LETTER: ‘We have an ineffectual Council getting in our way of moving forward’

LETTER: ‘We have an ineffectual Council getting in our way of moving forward’

[EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a Letter to the Editor, written by a Reader. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The B-Town Blog nor its staff:] Burien’s Police Initiative for adding... [Read more]

PODCAST: Burien businesses shot at; Jack Mayne on interim city managers…

PODCAST: Burien businesses shot at; Jack Mayne on interim city managers…

Here’s episode #76 of our SoKing News Podcast Weekly Recap, which is sponsored by a generous grant from J-Lab’s Encore Media Entrepreneurs program, supported with funding from the Ethics... [Read more]

Highline Public Schools Superintendent Susan Enfield addresses divisive election

Highline Public Schools Superintendent Susan Enfield addresses divisive election

Highline Public Schools Superintendent Susan Enfield on Wednesday (Nov. 9) sent a letter to parents and families of students regarding the ‘divisive and angry campaign season’ we just went... [Read more]

ELECTION RESULTS 2: Highline School Bond will pass with 65.12% approval

ELECTION RESULTS 2: Highline School Bond will pass with 65.12% approval

On Wednesday afternoon (Nov. 9), King County Elections released the second round of results for Tuesday’s General Election. With 31,783 ballots now counted, it looks like the Highline School Bond... [Read more]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: 34th District GOP Chair thanks supporters

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: 34th District GOP Chair thanks supporters

[EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a Letter to the Editor, written by a Reader. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The B-Town Blog nor its staff:] Donald Trump provided the nation with... [Read more]

ELECTION RESULTS: School Bond, Sound Transit measures passing

ELECTION RESULTS: School Bond, Sound Transit measures passing

King County Elections posted the first round of results for Tuesday, Nov. 8’s General Election, and here are the early returns for some local issues…

Burien Council in dither over member comments included in meeting packets

Burien Council in dither over member comments included in meeting packets

By Jack Mayne A full third of the Burien City Council’s Monday night meeting was taken up by a dispute over whether a Councilmember should have made comments in response to a citizen’s letter included... [Read more]